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Thomas Davis, of the "James"[1]

Male 1603 - 1683  (80 years)


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  • Name Thomas Davis  [2
    Suffix of the "James" 
    Born 1603  Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 1635  America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    on the "James" 
    Died 27 Jul 1683  Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3160  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Family Christian Coffin,   b. 1607, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1668, Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 14 Nov 1622  Chipping Sodbury, Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Joanna Davis,   b. Abt 1624, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1688, Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1268  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1603 - Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Nov 1622 - Chipping Sodbury, Gloucester, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - on the "James" - 1635 - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Jul 1683 - Haverhill, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Haverhill, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Boarded the ship "James" on April 5, 1635 and arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony June 3, 1635, and settled in Newbury, of which he is listed as one of the first settlers. He was made a freeman June 2, 1641 then moved to Haverhill in 1646. Occupation: sawyer, mason, proprieter, town officer.

      The following is taken from Mark Davis' website :

      "Thomas Davis (1603-1683) was born in England. As a young man, he looked for opportunities beyond his farming community in Marlborough. He acquired a trade, becoming a sawyer according to one history, or a mason, as stated in a deed of 1664. Thomas left his home and made the dangerous journey to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 aboard the ship James. He arrived in Boston on June 3rd and was made a freeman in 1641. In 1642, he removed to Haverhill, where he became a prominent citizen. He was one of the first selectmen of the town in 1646, and was again selectman in 1648. Thomas signed the deed from the Pennacook Indians to purchase the village of Pentuckett, which was "Entered and recorded in ye County Records for Norfolk ye 29th day of April 1671 as attested, Tho Bradbury Recorder." In 1648, Thomas and two others were appointed to try "small causes under forty shillings." In 1655, repairs to the meeting house were needed and Thomas, given his masonic prowess, was granted "ground-pins and dawb" providing stones and clay for the underpinning. In 1655, he was also appointed Constable. Thomas remained active in town affairs until his death in 1683 at the age of 80 years. Before leaving England, he married Christian Coffer, and had three children: John, Joseph, and Joanna. They came with him to the New World. "

      [N.B.: Davis states that Thomas Davis married Christian Coffer. Others have various reported it as Coffin and in Torrey (2nd Supplement) the spouse is reported as Christian Bellsire. However, none of these secondary sources provides a refence for their information.] [4, 5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S874] Ladd Family, (http://www.laddfamily.com/), http://www.laddfamily.com/5578.htm (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S841] Second Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (Genalogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1995), LC Number 91-70357., p. 18 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S840] Mark Davis, (http://pierre.polymer.uakron.edu/Davis3.html).

    5. [S834] Bill Prokasy, Bill Prokasy, (wprokasy database on RootsWeb), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wprokasy&id=I00059 (Reliability: 0).